Showing posts with label United Artists. Show all posts
Showing posts with label United Artists. Show all posts

Monday, November 28, 2016

United Artists stars & producers gather to protest the Fox West Coast Theater monopoly, November 1930

"We'll show our pictures in tents!" they said.

L-R: Al Jolson, Mary Pickford, Ronald Colman, Gloria Swanson, Douglas Fairbanks, Joseph Schenck, Charlie, Samuel Goldwyn & Eddie Cantor.

Modern Screen, Feb. 1931. Click to enlarge.

What did Chaplin have to say?

Santa Cruz Evening News, Nov. 29, 1930

(City Lights premiered January 30th, 1931 at the newly constructed Los Angeles Theater.) 

Fox West Coast and United Artists eventually reached a compromise in August 1931. Read more about it here.

L-R: Douglas Fairbanks, Gloria Swanson, Mary Pickford, Chaplin

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

United Artists, formed Feb. 5th, 1919

On this day 95 years ago, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith & Charlie Chaplin, seeking more artistic and financial control over the production and distribution of their films, founded a company that was the first of its kind, United Artists. At the time, they told reporters in a joint statement that it was a "declaration of independence from producers and exhibitors of machine-made films." It should also be noted that Charlie's brother, Sydney, was instrumental in the formation of the company.

Below is footage from the signing of the contracts. Charlie will eventually appear in his Tramp costume and the four will pose and clown for the cameras.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

United Artists meeting, 1934

Left to right, front row: Mary Pickford, Joseph Schenck, Douglas Fairbanks. Standing, CC, Darryl Zanuck, and Sam Goldwyn.
Funny how everyone is smiling in the top photo, but frowning in the bottom photo (especially soon-to-be exes Doug & Mary). Ms. Pickford also added a scarf to her ensemble. Charlie looks like he's fresh from a tennis match.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Dialogue for final scene of Modern Times (1936)

Source: Modern Times: Chaplin Project N. 2
Chaplin toyed with the idea of dialogue for Modern Times. He and Paulette made sound tests and actually shot some scenes with dialogue, but he eventually abandoned the idea and kept the film essentially silent, although the Tramp is given a voice toward the end of the film when he sings a song in gibberish.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Still from the original “nun” ending of Modern Times in which the Gamin enters a convent. Chaplin shot this ending, but thankfully chose not to use it.

MODERN TIMES (1936)

Happy Labor Day, U.S. fans.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Hollywood dinner party, c. 1925


A dinner party held by Joseph Schenck to welcome Rudolph Valentino into United Artists.
Clockwise from left: William S. Hart, Norma Talmadge, Hiram Abrams, Douglas Fairbanks, Peg Talmadge, Allan Forrest, James Hood MacFarland, Buster Keaton, Mary Pickford, Chaplin, Charlotte Pickford, Joseph Schenck, Natacha Rambova, Sydney Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino, Constance Talmadge, John Considine, Lottie Pickford, and Arthur Kelly.

 A close-up of Charlie, Buster, and Mary.